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Overcoming apartheid : can truth reconcile a divided nation?

Author: James L Gibson
Publisher: New York : Russell Sage Foundation, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Overcoming Apartheid reports on a study of post-apartheid attitudes in South Africa, involving a representative sample of all major racial, ethnic, and linguistic groups. Grounding his analysis of "truth" in theories of collective memory, Gibson discovers that the process has been most successful in creating a common understanding of the nature of apartheid. His analysis then demonstrates how this common  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James L Gibson
ISBN: 0871543125 9780871543127
OCLC Number: 53823353
Description: xv, 467 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Does truth lead to reconciliation? --
Apartheid's legacy in contemporary South Africa: experiences, attributes, and attitudes of the sample --
South African collective memories --
Interracial reconciliation --
Truth, reconciliation, and the creation of a human rights culture --
Tolerance: the minimalist view of reconciliation --
Judging the fairness of amnesty --
The legitimacy of the political institutions of the new South Africa --
Lessons for South Africa's future and for the world.
Responsibility: James L. Gibson.
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"Overcoming Apartheid reports on a study of post-apartheid attitudes in South Africa, involving a representative sample of all major racial, ethnic, and linguistic groups. Grounding his analysis of "truth" in theories of collective memory, Gibson discovers that the process has been most successful in creating a common understanding of the nature of apartheid. His analysis then demonstrates how this common understanding is helping to foster "reconciliation," as defined by the acceptance of basic principles of human rights and political tolerance, rejection of racial prejudice, and acceptance of the institutions of a new political order. Gibson identifies key elements in the process - such as acknowledging shared responsibility for atrocities of the past - that are essential if reconciliation is to move forward. He concludes that without the truth and reconciliation process, the prospects for a reconciled, democratic South Africa would diminish considerably. Gibson also speculates about whether the South African experience provides any lessons for other countries around the globe trying to overcome their repressive pasts." "Overcoming Apartheid is also a primer for utilizing conceptual and methodological tools in analyzing truth processes throughout the world. It is a resource for political scientists, social scientists, group relations theorists, and students of transitional justice and human rights."--Jacket.

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